On October 15th I gave an introduction to trapping class at the Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. We had 28 attendees that included adults, male and female, and several kids.
Most everyone had done a little trapping but when asked why they were attending most answered that they wanted to learn more about the basics. Some had trapped last year for the first time and some hadn’t trapped for a few years. We had a good mix of ages and experience.
We covered why we trap and the consequences of not trapping even when the market is in a downturn. Regulations were discussed to make everyone aware of the importance of knowing your regulations before heading afield to set traps.
The second part we covered was ethics and making the right decisions when determining when and where to set traps. After that we got into the basic equipment and sets along with what to do after you harvested a fur bearer. We talked about different ways to market your catch and options to achieve that.
It was a great group with lots of questions and answers afterwards. The Game and Parks wants to provide this class a couple of times a year. If you are interested in this type of class please contact the game and parks to let them know and they can schedule more classes in the future.
Eric Stane — Nebraska Fur Harvesters President and Education Coordinator